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LIFESTYLE LETTER

FEBRUARY 2020 PUBLISHERS

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All You Need is Love—and Art FEBRUARY IS OUR MONTH OF ART—MAKING, COLLECTING, ADMIRING AND LEARNING. We love art because it gives us a glimpse of someone’s heart, the

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part of them we don’t see on the surface. We are all drawn to art in different ways.

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with us. Through art, we learn about ourselves.

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As you read about the local artists, makers and writers in our community and their stories of passion and self-expression, we hope that you too are inspired to pursue what you love. After all, February is the month of love. So, Highlands Ranch and Lone Tree, while you fill your home with chocolate truffles and roses this month, remember to fill your heart too. On these pages find out where to shop locally for that perfectly unique gift for your Valentine and get a peek at the hottest fashion trends that will take you from a busy day to a night on the town. Save that date night for another time and treat the whole family for a memorable Valentine Movie Night.

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INSIDE THE ISSUE FEBRUARY 2020

FEATURES 12 Valentine Movie Night Skip the Fancy Night Out and Opt For Family Night With A Dinner To Match

24 A Home For SoSu After Years of Nomadic Pop-Up Art Shows, Collective Gets Permanent Home Studio in South Denver

30 Turning Out For Spring Fashion Use Animal Prints, Pops of Color, Polka Dots To Usher in New Season

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Killer, Local Authors Guide Us On Adventures

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DEPARTMENTS

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Lifestyle Letter

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Good Times

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Around Town

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Artist’s Palette

22 Local’s Choice 24 Open House 28 Renovate & Refine 30 Trend Setter 32 Lifestyle Calendar 34 Page Turners


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GOOD TIMES

Lone Tree Merry Days On Dec. 6, revelers turned out for Lone Tree's Merry Days Holiday Tree Lighting and enjoyed holiday tunes from The Beverly Belles, a hot cocoa bar and s'mores. The event was hosted by the Lone Tree Arts Center Guild.

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Play Street Grand Opening Play Street Museum opened in Highlands Ranch in the Whole Foods shopping center on Dec 9. Play Street is a small-scale children’s museum designed to encourage a child’s sense of independence, exploration and creativity through play. Play Street is open from 9-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends for special events. HighlandsRanch.PlayStreetMuseum.com

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A Storybook Holiday: The Nutcracker DCL's annual Storybook Holiday was a festive, Nutcracker-themed celebration. This year, the library hosted an evening event on Saturday, Dec. 7, and a brunch on Sunday, Dec. 8. Guests enjoyed great food and refreshments, plus performances of Nutcracker vignettes, caroling by the Victorian Carolers, visits with Santa, and more!

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1. Guests enjoyed ballet performances of favorite Nutcracker vignettes. | 2. Kids crafted ornaments to take home. | 3. Families enjoyed a Nutcrackerthemed experience. | 4. The Victorian Carolers entertained guests of all ages. | 5. Santa visited with kids and families at both events. | 6. Ballet performances brought the story to life.

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Lifestyle Holiday Party On Dec. 18, Lifestyle Publishers Jeni Fleck and Joan Dameron, who own and operate Parker Lifestyle and Highlands Ranch/Lone Tree Lifestyle, celebrated the holidays with community partners, friends and readers at Rory's Diner, 11020 South Pikes Peak Drive. The event featured a toy drive to benefit the Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, organized by Farmers Insurance agent Kip Quinn.

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DIY

Valentine Movie Night

SAVE THE FANCY NIGHT OUT FOR ANOTHER TIME AND OPT FOR FAMILY NIGHT WITH A DINNER TO MATCH

ARTICLE AMY WILEY PHOTOGRAPHY JOLIE RODRIGUEZ

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ROMANCE IS IN THE AIR AND STORES ARE FILLED WITH ROSES AND CHOCOLATES. While date night is always appreciated, you can trade prix fixe menus and babysitters for family movie night this Valentine’s Day. With a few simple touches, a night at home together can become quite a celebration. Set the scene with an elegant, festive table. This is a great excuse to pull out that wedding china you never use. All those things you’ve been saving for a special occasion? This is it! Alternatively, pick up some Valentine’s themed paper plates and napkins for easy cleanup.   Whether you bring out the good stuff or opt for heart-shaped plates from a party store, your tablescape will let the family know this is no ordinary dinner.   Choose a movie and a menu to complement the story. Here are some ideas for February movie nights that offer a little family-friendly romance:

A classic romance: Movie: + Lady and the Tramp

MENU: + Spaghetti and meatballs

A nostalgic tear-jerker: Movie: + The Lost Valentine

MENU: + Steak and potatoes

A timeless favorite: Movie: + Charlie Brown Valentine

MENU: + Homemade pizza with heart-shaped pepperonis (Create using a small cookie cutter.) CONTINUED >

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DI Y (CONTINUED)

Here’s to a sweet season of celebrating all the ones we love! Amy Wiley is the owner of SuburbanSoiree.com, offering inspiration for creating a home full of celebrations both big and small, and the Sassy Napkin Society, a monthly subscription box for anyone who loves hosting and gifting. Find her on Instagram @suburban_soiree.

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End On A Sweet Note: Family movie night isn’t complete without a sweet treat or two. Create a dessert board of tempting cookies, candies and chocolates so that everyone can nibble while you enjoy the feature. Chocolatedipped strawberries are an elegant addition alongside heart-shaped chocolates. This is a beautiful way to include everyone’s favorites, and your children are sure to be delighted by all the options. February 2020 | Highlands Ranch Lifestyle

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ARTIST’S PALETTE

CREATIVE EXPRESSION

THESE SOUTH DENVER ARTISTS SAY THEIR CREATIONS HELP THEM COMMUNICATE WITH THE WORLD AROUND THEM

I DON’T WANT (MY ART) TO ONLY EXIST IN A GALLERY OR MUSEUM SETTING TO BE VIEWED BY THOSE WHO GENERALLY VENTURE INTO THOSE TYPES OF SPACES.

OLIVE MOYA OLIVE MOYA GREW UP IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND CURRENTLY LIVES AND WORKS IN LONE TREE. She received her BFA from Otis College of  Art  + Design in Los Angeles in 2011. WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO YOU? Art is everything.  It’s how I relax, and it’s how I recharge.  It’s how I process my emotions, release frustration and find meaning in the world. It’s how I share myself with others. When I travel, the first thing I want to do is experience art (and food, my other favorite form of art!). I wouldn’t refer to my need to create as a burden, but more of a privilege. I think most human beings have an inner need to think creatively in some capacity and haven’t found their way of utilizing it. I feel lucky that I have a strong drive and ability to do something so personally fulfilling.    DESCRIBE YOUR MEDIUM, ESPECIALLY YOUR MURALS. I create work that I describe as “abstract storytelling.” They’re bold graphic colorscapes with defined edges, linework and movement that reference my background in illustration and lettering. For me, they represent a push and pull between intuition and control. I started painting murals for that reason. I don’t want it to only exist in a gallery or museum setting to be viewed by those who generally venture into those types of spaces. WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR YOUR ART? I want it to be seen and hopefully create meaning for anybody out in the world. There’s something special about knowing others might feel ownership over what I make, like how people feel ownership over music they love. That they will walk past that wall in their neighborhood every day and feel like it’s theirs.  I can’t wait to keep progressing in that direction by conquering bigger and more public spaces and more challenging concepts. OliveMoya.com @olivemoya

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BEHNAZ AHMADIAN

WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO YOU? Art means everything to me. I get to express and

I was born in Iran and at age 8 moved to the United

communicate my emotions and ideas. It’s very crucial for

States with my family. I grew up in Abington, Pennsylvania.

me to be able to express myself and be able to escape

My mother passed away from cancer when I was in

from every day. Art is how I fit into my surroundings. It’s

college, and after I graduated my father and I moved to

important for me in this fast-paced world to stop and look

Denver to be with my brothers. I worked as an interior

at my surroundings, take notice in the details in life and

designer and, after my son was born, I sold children’s

objects, take my time to appreciate all the intricate details

art. I then started painting and drawing and eventually

in life. For my art, I want the viewer to get up close and

started getting commissions, which embarked my art

stare at all the patterns and shapes and to feel a sense of

business and creative path. My mother, who was a fash-

satisfaction and energy.

ion designer, is my motivation and is the one who always

BehnazAhmadian.com

inspired me to be creative. With each piece that I create, I

@behnazahmadianart

hope to share the feeling of love and joy my mom worked so hard to nurture in me as a woman, artist and designer. Currently I live in Highlands Ranch with my very supportive husband and my artistic 9-year-old son.

ART IS HOW I MEET NEW PEOPLE, NEW FRIENDS, NEW OPPORTUNITIES THAT ALLOWS ME TO GROW AND CHALLENGES ME TO LEARN NEW THINGS. CONTINUED >

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AR TIST ’ S PALE T TE (CONTINUED)

JAKE WEIDMANN

I am a professional artist and a certified Master Penman in Denver. The youngest in history among 10 existing Masters today, I received my Master Penman certificate  from the International Association of Master Penman, Engrossers and Teachers of Handwriting (IAMPETH) in July 2011. I work across numerous mediums in art and calligraphy (including woodworking, sculpture, oil painting, drawing, engraving) and I am most well known for my use of traditional calligraphic flourishing and hand lettering in the context of my fine art. I’m a selftaught artist as each medium is my professor. WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO YOU? In all of the art forms that I pursue, I strive for excellence. As proper diction is to a great speaker, so technical skill is to me as an artist. I know no other way. A good artist is one who has a voice of his own, but a great artist is one who is the voice of those around him.  Through my art, I have the ability to iden-

"YOU CANNOT HONOR THE PAST BY REPEATING IT. YOU HONOR THE PAST BY GIVING IT NEW LIFE AND RELEVANCE IN OUR MODERN AGE."

tify those common passions, struggles, and truths that we all share as humans.

WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR WITH YOUR CREATIONS?

Much of my work combines multiple disciplines including

Historically, art was the universal language, used to commu-

woodworking/wood carving, calligraphy/lettering, drawing and

nicate even to the illiterate. Today, art has, in many areas, been

illustration, oil painting, bronze sculpture, and most recently,

turned to gibberish; understood by a few and an alienator to the

hand engraving.

rest. It is my desire to reclaim it to its former glory through the

In the beginning, I was criticized for doing so many different

highest artistic  technical skill and with deep compassion for

mediums. I was told to stick to one thing. But that’s just not me.

those my art will serve.

If my work is to be excellent, it should be excellent in everything

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I put my hands to.

@jakeweidmann

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PROVIDING THE OPPORTUNITY TO REFLECT, WONDER, AND TO FEEL A SENSE OF INSPIRATION IS THE INTENTION OF MY ARTWORK. THIS IS WHAT ART MEANS TO ME.

CHRISTA MACFARLANE Christa MacFarlane is attracted to the loose and fluid nature of

DESCRIBE YOUR MEDIUM AND SUBJECT MATTER.

acrylics on raw wood, as she paints native grasses, seeds, pods

My choice of medium, acrylic paint, can be very versatile and this

and weeds along with other unnoticed elements of nature. Christa

is what I love about it. You can manipulate the viscosity of acrylics

had over 25 years combined experience as an interior designer,

to make the paint very thick or make it so thin that you can apply

graphic artist and art instructor. She decided to transition to pro-

many layers that change and react to each underlying color. More

fessional artist full-time after a sabbatical to Europe, where she was

often I prefer applying 10 to 20 thin layers of paint into one painting.

inspired by the masters’ works.

This can create the illusion of depth without a lot of physical texture. I am a detailed observant person so zooming in on wild plants,

WHAT DOES ART MEANS TO YOU? Creating art allows us to communicate and tell a story. It teaches

even though the details may be loosely depicted, allows me to see the beauty in the details.

one to let go of perfection, face your fears, practice creative problem

ChristaMacFarlane.com

solving and it provides a healthy escape from stress and worry. Art

@christamacfarlaneart

can be shared with others or kept to your self like a journal or a diary.

CONTINUED >

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AR TIST ’ S PALE T TE (CONTINUED)

DUKE BEARDSLEY A sixth generation Coloradan, Duke Beardsley has been painting the American West for as long as he can remember. Formally trained at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Duke now lives and works in Denver. Duke’s work has been featured in numerous local and national publications. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions including the 2019 inaugural exhibition Masterworks of the West at the Calgary Stampede, The Coors Western Art Show, the Bufflao Bill Art Show and Sale, the Masters of the American West Exhibition, and The Colorado Governor’s Invitational Art Show; and is included in many

IT'S A PRIVILEGE TO CREATE ART, AN UNBELIEVABLE PRIVILEGE. . . LET'S FACE IT, THERE IS A LOT OF

notable private and public collections worldwide including the Denver Art Museum. WHAT DOES ART MEAN TO YOU? Art means a lot of things - everything from self-expression to making a living. No, it is not a burden to create. It’s a privilege to

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create art, an unbelievable privilege. When I’m being my best self, its

AROUND THE WORLD AND I GET

to people around the world and I get to do this for a living.

TO DO THIS FOR A LIVING.

a genuine pleasure. Let’s face it, there is a lot of bad stuff happening

DESCRIBE YOUR MEDIUM AND SUBJECT MATTER. My medium jumps around. I use everything from collage, to polymer resin to every kind of paint made. My subject matter is the modern-day American West centered around ranching. WHAT DO YOU HOPE FOR YOUR ART? I hope my work connects with people on a level beyond just wanting to collect — or me making a living. It is an amazing privilege to create something people want to spend the rest of their lives with. How cool! DukeBeardsleyStudio.com @dukebeardsleystudio

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ULTIMATELY MY GOAL IS THAT MY WORK WILL TOUCH SOMETHING INSIDE OF YOU AND ELICIT A GENTLE OR KNOWING SMILE.

STEPHANIE WILSON THOMAS Stephanie Wilson Thomas is a ceramic artist/sculptor living in

My body of work is exclusively hand-built with slabs, coils and

south suburban Denver. She moved here from the Texas Gulf Coast

pinches of clay. I use a variety of clay bodies, from earthenware and

with her family (her husband, Fred, and two of her four children)

stoneware for indoor items to strong slab and sculpture clay for outdoor

eight years ago. While she loves the mountains and natural beauty of

pieces so they can withstand the ever-changing weather of Colorado.

Colorado, she is longing for the seashore and a salty breeze.

My portfolio includes both functional wares for daily use in the kitchen, as well as sculptural pieces for the home and garden. My

DESCRIBE YOUR MEDIUM AND SUBJECT MATTER. I began my ceramic training at a pottery shop above an Ethiopian

work is organic, earthy, colorful, and whimsical and is intended to be touched, held and used daily.

restaurant in Washington, D.C., in 1988.  My passion for clay took me  to art school in Central Mexico and then back to Texas where I continued to learn from various ceramic artists and set up my

WHAT DO YOU HOPE WITH YOUR ART? Ultimately, my goal is that my work will touch something inside of

first home studio. I was a founding member of the Texas Clay Arts

you and elicit a gentle or knowing smile.

Association in 1998 and the SoSu Artist Collective in 2015.

@stephaniewilsonthomas

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OPEN HOUSE

A HOME FOR SOSU AFTER YEARS OF NOMADIC POP-UP ART SHOWS, COLLECTIVE GETS PERMANENT HOME STUDIO IN SOUTH DENVER

AN OUTDOOR MALL BUSTLING WITH BUSI-

Full length windows at the front of the store

NESS AND BRAND NAMES JUST GOT A

provide a clear view of outside traffic. Shoppers

LITTLE MORE CREATIVE. The South Suburban

toting multiple bags peer into the workshop,

Artist Collective — or SoSu for short — is a group of

curious, and often walk inside. They have shop-

seven ambitious creators who opened their work-

ping on the brain, and the artists want to cater

shop in the Streets of SouthGlenn in early August.

to this need while maintaining the space as a

The self-proclaimed SoSu sisters are a group

creative retreat.

of friends that started out creating in one anoth-

“You can’t help but be pulled into the retail,”

er’s homes. Their dream was to have a business

sculptor Stephanie Wilson Thomas says. “We

that housed a gallery, studio space, and work-

need to have organized stuff for sale and have

shop where they could teach classes. It’s two

regular hours.”

years later, and now the public can reap the

As of now, the workshop is open Thursday

benefits of the Collective’s mission to bring art,

and Saturday afternoons. They admitted there

and ultimately artistic soul, to South Denver.

are a lot of details that need to be figured out,

Elementary art school teacher Julie Vincelette

but that’s a key part of the creative process.

is adamant about the fact that anyone can cre-

Not being afraid to get messy and make mis-

ate. She hopes the workshop will showcase that

takes is part of the philosophy that has kept

to the community.

this collective of artists dreaming.

“So many people come in here and tell us that they don’t have a creative bone in their body. I

As Julie says, “Art is not so much about the product, but about the process.”

don’t believe that,” Julie says.

ARTICLE HANNAH ECHOLS | PHOTOGRAPHY JENAE LOPEZ

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MEMBERS OF SOSU, FROM LEFT, JANET NELSON MOORE, KATE DULANEY, STEPHANIE WILSON THOMAS, DEANNA HOOD, JULIE VINCELETTE, MAR KNIGHT-HALL

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OPEN HOUSE (CONTINUED)

THE SPACE The workshop is a picture of calming chaos. White walls encase an ambiance of softly playing music, live plants, and essential oils. However, there’s also art projects and supplies scattered around the room. The ladies’ goals for the new shop involve maintaining a community space for others while also having a free, creative space for themselves. For Thomas, the workshop helps her maintain the boundaries necessary to have the physical and mental space to create. “You don’t think about things like folding the laundry,” she says. “The space has given us a deeper level of loyalty to our work and the group.” Mar Knight-Hall, an herbalist who specializes in skin care products, is excited to broaden her creative niche. “I’ve always been interested in pastel, watercolor, and other forms of art, but I just haven’t had the space. Now, I am really inspired to expand.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SOSU, CHECK OUT THE JANUARY 2017 STORY FEATURED AT HIGHLANDSRANCHLIFESTYLEPUBS.COM

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THIS MONTH'S WORKSHOP IS FROM 5:30- 8:30 P.M. FEB. 6 AND FEATURES A DECORATING SOCIAL WHERE ATTENDEES CAN PAINT A CERAMIC HEART FOR SOMEONE SPECIAL. THOSE INTERESTED IN THE SOCIAL OR HOLDING AN EVENT AT THE SOSU STUDIO CAN REGISTER BY EMAILING SOSUARTISTS@GMAIL.COM.

THE PROCESS The women believe the power of art can unleash freedom in people and connect them with their soul. Vincelette says, “Everyone can benefit from the creative process. It expands your thinking, your approach, and your empathy.” As a part of the collective’s goal to make art accessible to the community, the women aim to have monthly teaching workshops and are open to hosting group events. Groups are free to bring food, drinks, games, and simply enjoy the creative space. “Bring your group of friends, your bookclub, your co-op- whoever- and just hangout while making art,” Vincelette says.

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RENOVATE & REFINE

Don’t be afraid to do something different, and don’t take things too seriously. If the piece you’re working with doesn’t have any real value, you have so many options to liven it up, including paint, finish and hardware.

Spread the vintage love. Use antiques strategically and as accent pieces to keep your overall aesthetic from coming off as too dated.

Make your piece multi-purpose by turning the lid into a game table or by storing your cocktail accessories inside for an easy-access mini bar!

Repurpose old tins, mugs, teacups or storage containers into succulent gardens. Because succulents have shallow root systems, they can survive (and thrive!) in smaller spaces.

OUT WITH THE

NEW

Make it art. Don’t be afraid to display unique pieces as wall art. Consider creating a gallery wall that mixes vintage photographs, prints, mirrors and china.

IN WITH THE

old WE’RE SHARING TIPS, TRICKS + UNIQUE WAYS TO INCORPORATE YOUR ANTIQUE ITEMS INTO YOUR HOME

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TREND SETTER

Date Night Looks USE ANIMAL PRINTS, POPS OF COLOR, POLKA DOTS TO USHER IN NEW SEASON

ARTICLE JENNIFER STARBUCK PHOTOGRAPHY JENAE LOPEZ

ANIMAL PRINTS AND POLKA DOTS CONTINUE TO BE THE HOT FASHION TREND IN SPRING 2020. And these easy work-to-date

outfits

from

Mainstream

Boutique in Highlands Ranch show how versatile they are. According to Mainstream owner Stacy Ingram, other trends to watch out for include: layered ruffles; fur and feather textures; bright colors; fringe; suit styles; colorful leather looks; metallic and shiny fabrics; netting and crochet details; coat dresses; bralettes as tops; and neutral monochromatic looks. OUTFIT ONE: Includes an A-line cut jacket that creates a slimming look both with pants and skirts.   The one we chose is a cherry color.   A pop of color can add energy and fun to the look.   Perfect for a festive event such as a date night or evening out with the girls.  In addition, this jacket works well to take from day to night.  You  can change up your shoes and jewelry to create a more conservative, or a more edgy look.

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OUTFIT TWO: Animal print

OUTFIT THREE: Polka dots,

is still a popular trend in both

both small and large, continue to

tops and bottoms. In this

be popular. We have paired this

look, you can wear the top off

black and white polka dot sheer

or on the shoulder, or add a

tie cardigan with our private label

black jacket to make the print

Mac and Me denim, which has an

more subtle. We have paired

absolution waistband. Our Mac

the blouse with black denim

and Me denim has great stretch

and short boots with a subtle

and is one of the most comfortable

snakeskin design.

pair of jeans you will ever own!

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FEBRUARY

LIFESTYLE CALENDAR

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hint of music from today). This is

MIXOLOGY

as part of tickets and on sale for

part of the Arts in the Afternoon series. Refreshments are provided $19. LoneTreeArtsCenter.org

Southridge Recreation Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd.

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Southridge Rec Center, 4800 McArthur Ranch Rd., Highlands Ranch

Join HRCA and Davidson’s Beer, Wine & Spirits from 2-4:30 p.m. to craft some cocktails. Then vote and crown the winner! Tickets are $35 and include a souvenir cocktail glass.

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Join us for an in depth discussion of

DENVER POPS

while Dr. Jim Caruso presents The

crimes and their motivations behind them. Enjoy a signature cocktail

Cherry Hills Community Church,

Forensic Pathology of Substance

3900 Grace Blvd, Highlands Ranch

Abuse. Dr. Caruso will discuss sev-

Join the Denver Pops Orchestra

eral cases that deal with drug deaths.

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with a real show-stopper with music

The cost is $20 in advance, includes

from Broadway. To help bring a little

one cocktail. $30 day of if not sold

ONCE UPON A DANCE

Broadway to Denver, the orchestra

out. HRCAOnline.org

will be joined by two phenomenal

Must be 21+ older. HRCAonline.org

Lone Tree Arts Center,

vocalists, Suzanne Morrison and Joel

10075 Commons St, Lone Tree

Hillan. Presented by the Highlands

The Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Ranch Community Association from

Ensemble brings together a combi-

7-8:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale for

nation of movement and storytelling

$7-$9.99. HRCAOnline.org

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How much do you know about herbal

portraying elements of the rich and

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tea? Join Douglas County Libraries

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CHARCUTERIE CLASS

as well as making and brewing your

cultural diversity. Tickets are on sale for $5. LoneTreeArtsCenter.org

for a tasting event and learn about herbal tisanes and fruit infusions,

Fox Hill Farm,

own herbal blends. This event is ideal

2743 Flintwood Road, Franktown

LADY AND THE TRAMP FUNDRAISER

for adults and is free to the public, but

Gather with friends and neighbors

space is limited. Register at DCL.org

to master the art of the charcuterie

or by calling 303-791-7323.

Water 2 Wine,

board at this Fox Hill workshop. Plan

8130 South University Boulevard #110

a date night or a ladies night out and

Rocky Mountain Cocker Rescue's

join us at 6 p.m. Feb. 20. RSVP at

Third Annual Lady and the Tramp

LiveInFoxHill.com.

Event will help raise money to support rescue work. Taste wine for two hours, enjoy hor d’oeuvres and participate in a silent auction. Tickets are on sale for $25-40. It is also a great time to socialize with your fellow

22 ADULT GLOW IN THE DARK YOGA 9568 University Blvd

If it feels like a fit, ‘glow for it!’ Wear

Cocker Spaniel lovers.

your neon yoga clothes, and come

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move to a vinyasa flow set to a unique playlist, under the black

THE DENVER DOLLS Join

professional

lights.Ticket includes glow paint, necklace, one glass of wine or beer, all-female

trio

with additional available for pur-

We are always accepting submissions

Denver Dolls with a style, look and

chase and light appetizers. Bring

for events you'd like to see included

performance rooted from groups

your mat and water bottle. 4800

in our Calendar section. Submissions

in the 30s, 40s, and 50s (with a

McArthur

are accepted via the Contact Us tab at

Ranch

Ranch.$25/$30 21+ 32

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PAGE TURNERS

Co l o ra d o Wr i t e rs

DOWN A RIVER, BACK IN TIME, OR TRACKING A KILLER, LOCAL AUTHORS GUIDE US ON ADVENTURES

DEB MARGESON KNOWS SOMETHING ABOUT THE BEST NEW TITLES HITTING SHELVES. She is a Collection Development Librarian with Douglas County Libraries —she selects the fiction for DCL. Here, Deb shares great reads from Colorado authors.

Westering Women, Sandra Dallas (Colorado author) The ad reads, "If you are an adventuresome young woman of high moral character and fine health, are you willing to travel to California in search of a good husband?" And with that, Maggie sets out from Chicago in 1852 for the gold mines. Wonderful historical fiction from a Colorado favorite.

The River, Peter Heller (Colorado author) Two best friends take the canoe trip of their lives on a wild river in northern Canada. Their plans go awry when wildfires threaten. And if that’s not enough, they discover a barely conscious young woman.

The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt, Andrea Bobotis (Colorado author) There are some difficult truths hidden behind the doors of grand Southern mansions. The story of a murder is slowly revealed as Judith Kratt lists her family heirlooms. A debut by a Denver author.

Tracking

Game,

Margaret

Mizushima (a former Colorado resident and graduate of CSU) Mattie and her K-9 partner, Robo, face poachers, murderers and a predator not usually found in Colorado. Fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr will love this police procedural set in the Colorado mountains.

The Gifted School, Bruce Holsinger Parents behaving badly in a fictional town that sounds a lot like Boulder, Colorado, where the author just happened to live at one time. Smart and juicy, and compulsively readable.

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